GP Masterclass on Personality Disorders proves invaluable

News: GP Masterclass Oct 2018
Dr Laura Allison, Dr Neil Springham and Ioanna Xenophontes

We had a busy evening on 4 October when 26 Bromley GPs joined us at The Warren to participate in a very engaging and interactive GP Masterclass on Personality Disorders.

Delivered by Dr Neil Springham, Head of Arts Therapies and Lead for Psychological Therapies in Bromley, Dr Laura Allison, Locum Psychotherapy Tutor/Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Ioanna Xenophontes, Lived Experience Practitioner, GPs were provided with an overview of personality disorders, including the management of patients with personality disorders within primary care. Ioanna gave a powerful talk about her own experience and the impact of GP and other relationships when navigating help and support, particularly when in crisis.

A short film demonstrating the Still Face Experiment showed the impact of positive and negative personal interactions and the importance of validating what a patient may be experiencing or feeling.

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GPs were advised about services to support them and their patients including the Service User Network (SUN) which has shown a significant reduction in A&E presentations, admissions and interventions by the Home Treatment Team since its introduction.

Dr Abi Fadipe, Clinical Director for Bromley Adult Mental Health Services hosted the event and facilitated the many questions GPs raised throughout the evening. Estelle Frost, Service Director for Bromley services updated GPs on opportunities and developments in mental health services in the borough.

Feedback on the night included:

“Interesting and thought provoking. Ioanna's story provided a very good illustration and has helped to put this problem into perspective for me and I shall remember this.”

“The 'Still face' video was helpful to demonstrate the importance of empathising, having an interest in the patient's experience.”

“Excellent. The best, most valuable, interesting, moving and RELEVANT educational event I've attended in years.”

Estelle Frost, Executive Director Bromley Adult Mental Health Services said: “The presentation style was fantastic, achieving just the right balance between theory, practice and experience. I received excellent feedback from several of the GPs.”

Next Masterclasses

Our next two GP Masterclasses will focus on the topic of Contraception presented by Dr Ulrike Sauer, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Community Gynaecology.

Our Bexley event is taking place on Thursday, 18 October and Greenwich on Tuesday, 6 November.

For more information on our GP Masterclasses please contact Jo Mant, Head of Stakeholder Engagement,, tel: 02038 715617.

Published on 16th October 2018